Although SoMa, or "South of Market," is very popular with the tech crowd and local foodies, it still retains that quaint, village eatery feel that you might find in the countryside. SoMa is constantly transforming itself, so it has to be constantly rediscovered, which means its fan base will ebb and flow with its highs and lows.
Unlike the pasta joints piled on each other all the way up Columbus Avenue, or the dimsum nooks crammed one after another in Chinatown, restaurants in SoMa are spread apart, so diners will need to walk a few blocks to find that perfect place. Unlike North Beach and Chinatown, though, Soma is relatively flat, and you'll be rewarded on your journey with tranquil views of the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the space and the walk; it;s the closest the city gets to wide open spaces.
Although SoMa is constantly reinventing itself, one thing remains constant: a youthful, vigorous, 21st century commitment to local and sustainable food practices. Whether it's the full-tilt commitment of Source that offers filtered air or the neighborly-minded activism of NOPA, almost all the restaurants in this region feature cuisine with a conscience. If you're ready to tour San Francisco's village in the city, pick a favorite off our list below, knock the dust off those walking shoes, and enjoy your visit to SoMa.